UAE Foreign Minister, Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus today in the first visit since the outbreak of the revolution in 2011, UAE and Syria media have reported.
Media and Twitter pages close to the Assad regime reported that Bin Zayed arrived in Damascus airport and was heading a high-ranking Emirati delegation.
The Emirati Al-Ain network said, in a tweet: “The arrival of the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at Damascus Airport on a visit to Syria is the first for an Emirati official at this level in 10 years,” which was also reported by the regime’s Syrian newspaper, Al-Watan.
This is the first visit of an Emirati official to Damascus since 2011, after the UAE severed its relationship with the Bashar Al-Assad regime following the crimes it committed against civilians who were calling for democracy.
On 20 October, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, discussed with Al-Assad the situation in Syria and the Middle East.
Direct flights between Syria’s Damascus and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s cities of Dubai and Sharjah resumed on 20 June, the Syrian Ministry of Transport announced.
In December 2018, the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus after seven years of closure following the 2011 uprising in Syria.